Finishing Touches: Deserted platforms just don’t do it

by Pete Kelly

Model railways aren’t just about track, trains and the latest DCC developments, but also about people and indeed life itself – and to me, the deserted platforms I see on so many layouts never look right, especially at what is meant to be a busy city station.

The lovely range of working station and street lights from Frizinghall Models and Railways of Baildon, West Yorkshire persuaded me to have another look at one of the ‘Cathedral City’ platforms, and I planted a few more people and one of the GWR-style swan-neck types available from FMR.

A Holyhead-bound cattle train rumbles through ‘St Werburghs’ in the foreground as passengers await their train to Llandudno, which will almost certainly have a ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 at the front. A couple of waiting passengers visit the W H Smith & Son news stand, and the FMR swan-neck station light (complete with incredibly fiddly station sign) can be seen in front of the (wrong) tender of ‘Britannia’ Pacific No 70050 Firth of Clyde.

This was completed (my own hands are far too clumsy) by asking a friend who is also a wonderful craftswoman to cut out one of the impossibly tiny N-gauge London Midland station signs that I’d bought from Sankey Scenics as a bespoke order, but even then, tweezers were required to glue it into place once my nervous hands had stopped shaking!

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